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    • #12240
      caveman12
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      i am looking for a new technical suit. ive heard that Arena suits are the best but last far less than the others. Nike Hydra is the second best, followed by TYR shift and Speedo FSII is the worst of the 4. speedo is also the most expensive by far. i was wondering if people knew if there was any truth to this and which suits the recommend from drag reduction and they way the feel, and the amount of time they last.

    • #34141
      Vic
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      I haven’t seen any sort of rankings for these suits, based on performance, longevity, or anything. If anyone has seen rankings, please let me know.

      I would recommend going with the suit that fits the best. I don’t think that there’s really any way to tell which one you’ll go faster in, and the differences between each are probably slight. Get the one that fits well. If you feel well, there’s a better chance you’ll swim well.

      Also, if your team has a contract with one of these companies, you should be able to get that company’s suit at a significant discount. The team prices on these suits are much less than retail price. If you can get one that’s a lot less than the others, just get that one.

    • #34142
      The15mMark
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      I would agree with Vic in that the difference between the suits is very minimal at best. The only way the differences in the suits will affect any of your swims is if you are swimming the 50. Only here can I see the differences, which I would imagine are on the order of thousandths of a seconds, actually impacting your finishing time. Go with what fits best. Both your body and your budget.

    • #34143
      Flicka
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      @The15mMark wrote:

      I would agree with Vic in that the difference between the suits is very minimal at best. The only way the differences in the suits will affect any of your swims is if you are swimming the 50. Only here can I see the differences, which I would imagine are on the order of thousandths of a seconds, actually impacting your finishing time. Go with what fits best. Both your body and your budget.

      From what I have read, this isn’t exactly true. There have been a couple studies out there trying to figure out exactly how much of a difference the suits make (I’ll try to find the websites again), and most of them focus on the idea of buoyancy and weight. I’m not sure about the other three, but I know that as far as the fastskin material goes, it is beneficial in the way of buoyancy for about 2 minutes, after which it becomes water-logged and actually weighs more than the old-school aquablade material and effectively loses any beneficial qualities it may have had. Every source I have seen doesn’t recommend the fastskin material for any event over a 200 since it will actually become more of a burden than a benefit (both in weight and in trapping body heat), and unless you can get it completely dried out between races, you are only supposed to wear the suit once per session. There is also a lot of talk about muscle compression and fatigue reduction, but most of those theories have been successfully debunct.

      So basically, you need to consider which events you are swimming before you buy a suit, and then do some research and see what kind of informaiton is out there. If you’re dead set on wearing a leg suit for anything over a 200 I would go with the thinnest and least absorbent material available, and always try the suit on to make sure you’re comfortable and can move in it.

    • #34144
      Flicka
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      Okay…I found them.

      http://www.indiana.edu/~kines/facilities/counsilmancenter.shtml#research

      Go down to the Research section and look under “Previous Research”. There are a bunch of links to the actual data they collected as well as links to other sites that have done similar research (also a pretty cool study on the effects of shaving before a meet). The Swimming Science Journal link is a pretty good one if you are looking at the Fastskins, and they list all the sources they drew from which can lead you to further study if you’re interested.

      I know it’s a little nerdy, but there are actually a lot of studies taking place in the swimming world and many of them can lead to some pretty interesting ways for coaches and swimmers alike to look at how they are training and how they can do it better. Take the time and read some of the articles, you might be surprised what you learn.

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      @Flicka wrote:

      I know it’s a little nerdy.

      And posting on a DIII swimming forum isn’t?
      But thanks for the info. I was reading over some of it and there is some good info in there, very interesting.

    • #34146
      Kari Byron
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      @Its all an ACT wrote:

      I was reading over some of it and there is some good info in there, very interesting.

      Very interesting indeed. I wasn’t aware that anyone had ever done a study on the major brands of competitive suits. Thanks, Flicka.

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